History In the Made

Westbrook, Durant, and Ibaka carved out their own piece of NBA history. photo:bleacherreport.com

Jeremy Lin is still doing his thing.  Linsanity is alive and well and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  His successful run continues as he leads the Knicks back to respectability in the East.  

The historic start to his career has definitely kept the guys and gals at the Eilas Sports Bureau busy.  Speaking of history. . .

Mos Def Said It Well

Meanwhile, last night in Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka made the good folks at Elias create a new entry in the sports record books altogether by accomplishing a feat no one had ever seen before.

In their 124-118 overtime win against the Nuggets, Durant scored 51.  That’s cool, doesn’t happen every day, but we’ve seen it happen several times in our lives.  We’ve also witnessed some 60 and 70 point games, and Kobe’s 81 point game in recent years. Now add in Russell Westbrook and the 40 he scored last night into the equation and we’re in rarefied air.  Last night marked only the third time in history that teammates had scored 50 and 40 in the same game.  Pretty special.

As if that wasn’t enough, Serge Ibaka messed around and got a triple double with 11 points, 15 boards, and 11 blocks.  A 50 point game, 40 point game, and a triple double by three teammates.  Unblelievable.  This is why sports are great.  Just when you think you’ve seen a lot of things, something happens that causes you to realize you haven’t.  Another thing that needs to be mentioned is that this history wasn’t made in garbage time as they padded their stats against the Bobcats.  Denver is a decent team, they’re fighting for the eighth seed in the West right now.  They were giving the Thunder all they wanted and even led in the final minutes of regulation.  Oklahoma City needed everything they got from those guys to hang on and get the win.

There won’t be much time to enjoy it though.  The compressed schedule means there’s another game tonight.  The Hornets will be in town and won’t be amused as they attempt to slow the Thunder down.  Much like we watch a pitcher in his next start after a no hitter, all eyes will be on these three to see how they respond after making history.

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Been high on the Thunder for a while, check the link:  http://hardyboysportsblog.com/2011/06/20/still-way-ahead-of-schedule-2/

Source: Elias Sports Bureau

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My name is Vinny Hardy. I am a freelance sports blogging correspondent for the John Boy & Billy Big Show. I'm from Lynch Kentucky. I currently live in Morristown, Tennessee. My wife Katie and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 3 year old son, Micah. I would like to thank Will West of WNML in Knoxville for urging me to start blogging and the Big Show's very own Terry Hanson for his unbelievable mentoring and support. Without him absolutely none of this is possible. I hope you enjoy the blog. The articles can also be seen on theisn.net, check out that site too. Leave a comment and definitely come back regularly and see what's new.